The Place Located right beside Maxi Coffee Bar at Ann Siang Hill, 8ASH is short for 8 Ann Siang Hill and is Ebb & Flow Group’s latest concept. The two-storey restaurant is a casual multi-concept with three distinct brands under one roof, where the food leans towards a mix of American and Japanese cuisines under house brands Mirai Burgers, Hoshi Hill and famed fully vegan Love Handle Burgers. The kitchen is on level one, while the 40-seater space is on level two where it transforms to a neon-lit ambience in the evening.
To celebrate their launch, 8ASH will be offering a pretty good deal where the first 150 customers in the queue on either the 4th, 5th, 11th, or 12th of November from 5-9.30pm are able to purchase burgers and signature dishes at just S$1.
The Food Think burgers done American and Japanese styles along with Japanese bowls, where ingredients such as caviar and ikura are flown in from Hokkaido. Mirai Burgers is the American-Japanese burger concept under 8ASH, and I managed to try the Katsu Okonomiyaki Burger (S$16), a combination of Pork Katsu, Bonito Flakes, Bulldog sauce, Kewpie and Lettuce. This is quite well-executed as the Japanese element of the okonomiyaki flavour is very pronounced here for me, with a deliciously done pork katsu which makes it a satisfying burger.
Love Handle Burgers is the other burger concept, and is fully vegan where the burgers are made with the award-winning meat substitute Impossible (TM) patty. I had the Mushroom Cheese Burger (S$17), which features the Impossible patty topped with a stack of mushrooms, then smothered in shroom sauce and finished with a creamy garlic aioli. Expect a juicy patty, and if you love your shrooms like me, this is a good option to try.
For Japanese offerings, Hoshi Hill serves casual-luxe Japanese set meals such as their Hokkaido Scallop Chilled Somen (S$25), topped with tangy ponzu jelly and ikura. The ingredients alone excite me, as fresh scallops and ikura really can’t go very wrong.
I also tried the Hoshi Wagyu Steak (S$18), a delicious and tender Australian rumpsteak with a marble score of 8 to 9 good for sharing. This is quite good value for the price and portion served.
For something really luxe, go for the Baller Beef Bowl (S$69), a beautiful combination of Hokkaido A4 Wagyu, Hokkaido scallops, garlic fried rice, ikura, uni, caviar and seasonal grilled vegetables. While it is no doubt one of the pricier options on the menu at 8ASH, I will recommend this for sharing among two or three people, since the portion is quite substantial as well.
Other sides and bar snacks on the menu include the likes of Japanese salad, charred spicy edamame with shichimi, aburi salmon and Hokkaido scallop.
Rants Cool neon-lit ambience in the evening, though the changing neon lights is not very conducive for me to enjoy the meal. It gets dark intermittently, which makes my head spin.
Will I Return Again? Ann Siang Hill is a charming short stretch, and 8ASH is a good casual restaurant to drop by for some post-work meals, or a lazy weekend lunch. Oh, and coffee at Maxi Coffee Bar post meal is a perfect plan.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
8 Ann Siang Hill
Tel: +65 8233 0113
Monday to Wednesday: 11am to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Thursday to Saturday: 11am to 10.30pm (last order 10pm)
Ranted by The Ranter